Brethren Volunteer Service

Goal of Program

Sharing God's love through acts of service; caring for creation; working for peace; advocating justice; serving human need.

Type of Placement

All projects fall under one of the following categories: children, youth/young adults, senior citizens, general community services, farm workers, disabled persons, agriculture, hunger/homelessness, prisoners and the prison system, refugees, peace/justice, domestic violence, housing, healthcare, outdoor ministries, community organizing/development/advocacy, education/training, environment, congregations or miscellaneous.

Service Area

Approximately 20 states in the US and 10 different countries.

Service Length

One year for US placements, two years for most international projects.

Program Size

Approximately 40 current volunteers at any time. The number of volunteers at each location depends on the project.


To serve in U.S.: Volunteer must be 18 or older with high school diploma. To serve overseas: Volunteer must be at least 21 years old with college degree or similar life experience.

Financial Arrangements

Room, board, monthly stipend and health insurance provided. Transportation to project after orientation and home from project after one's term is completed.

Living Arrangements

Depends on project - community or group, individual, on-site, with family.


Three-week orientation held every summer and fall. On-site training at each project.

Application Deadline

Six weeks before each orientation.

Start Date

Service begins immediately following orientation except for some international placements.


Emily Tyler


1451 Dundee Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847 429-4396


[email protected]


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Jocelyn Siakula
1451 Dundee Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847 429-4384
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